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Feb 6, 2013 9:00pm PST
due process, nor the u.s. law against killing americans abroad, nor the u.s. law banning assassinations, nor just the law against murder, nor the laws of war broadly legally constrain the president from ordering the type of assault that killed american citizen and prominent al qaeda figure on war al awlaki in yemen in 2011. al awlaki's son was also killed a couple of weeks after his father was killed. between those two killing, charlie savage at "the new york times" reported on the existence of a legal memo that the government was relying on to claim that the attack was legal. that memo is what is being disclosed to select members of congress tonight. it follows by two days the scoop by nbc news investigative correspondent michael isikoff, who this week on this show disclosed a white paper that was based on the reasoning of that secret memo. tonight's disclosure follows increasingly intense questioning of the administration on this matter by senate democrats, particularly by senator ron wyden of oregon, who today told reporters that while he understood that operations nee
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2013 10:00am PST
gibbs. cyber wars. china's army now targeting u.s. pipelines and nuclear plants. with us to discuss, the authors of a new report tracing the attacks to military headquarters in shanghai. plus, play of the day. while the press corps was banned from the president's golf outing, tiger woods, david letterman fills in the missing links. >> this is our president playing golf this weekend. huh? >> that's one way to do it. good day. andrea mitchell live in washington where president obama is surrounded by uniform police and is now issuing dire warnings about the consequences if automatic budget cuts, the sequester, will create job losses and a setback to the recovery if that goes into effect next week. in response senate republican leader mitch mcconnell still prefers campaign events to -- joining me now for our daily fix, chris calizza and managing editor of post politics.com. well, chris, we saw the performance at the white house. this was a set piece, if you will. the instant response from mitch mcconnell. the bottom line is neither side is negotiating. the white house now assumes the se
MSNBC
Feb 28, 2013 2:30am PST
john kerry is expected to announce a u.s. policy shift when it comes to aiding the rebels. kerry is in rome for an international conference aimed at dealing with the conflict. for the first time obama administration plans to offer nonlethal assistance in syria. the reports say that the aid package could include body armor, communication equipment, night vision gear and vehicles. the white house however is stopping short of providing weapons. senator marco rubio of florida, has a slightly different take on how the u.s. should help. >> there are plenty of weapons in syria. they're coming from other countries. . what the opposition really needs is access to ammunition. one thing that we can consider, is if we can identify responsible groups, and i think that's a step to prepare to advocate for. >> andrea mitchell will join us with more on "morning joe." >>> president obama plans to meet with congressional leaders tomorrow, the same day that the $85 billion sequester cuts are expected to start. still at odds on whether or not tax revenue will be part of any deal. members of both parties hu
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 9:00pm PST
presidency, right? essentially, reorienting how america deals with the world away from the u.s. military and toward u.s. diplomacy. to upscale our soft power capacity as a country so we have more options beyond just the option of force. this president did a lot to advance that idea simply by putting somebody as high profile as hillary clinton in the job of america's head diplomat. but the overall goal of upscaling state, upscaling diplomacy and development so they are right up there with defense, like she said today, that is widely regarded as a goal that is not yet realized. secretary clinton alluded to that fact today when she said she now plans to become an advocate for that cause from the outside. it is, frankly, easy to imagine that as the core for her return to public life and politics for hillary clinton at some point, but we shall see. the secretary also reflected today on how she is really leaving public life for the first time in a very long time. and she suggested that that might make her a little lonely. >> i am very proud to have been secretary of state. i will miss you. i w
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2013 6:00pm PST
find someone to run for his now open u.s. senate seat. also today, the president gives a barn burner in minnesota. he says on the political issue where we are supposedly so politically divided that we can never make progress of any kind, he says on that issue specifically, actually, right now we have a national consensus that we can move on. that's all ahead. >>> plus, the political right all at once, all in unison gets very vocally angry with karl rove. poor karl. frank rich from "new york" magazine is here on the show tonight. we've also got the latest conspiracy theory about the terrifying photo shopped secrets of president barack hussein obama. did you know his emotional name is hussein? the conspiracies about the president get even more conspiratorial than they have in years past. >>> we're beginning with a big deal, a story you will not see anywhere else, because it is an nbc news exclusive. nbc's national investigative correspondent michael isikoff has uncovered something that is not classified, but treated as one of the biggest secrets of this administration. it's something t
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2013 3:00am PST
was not true. this is the statement. "the reports that the u.s. told allies that we are considering 8,000 to 12,000 u.s. troops after 2014 are not correct. a range of 8,000 to 12,000 troops was discussed, but it was discussed as the possible size of the overall nato mission, not the u.s. contribution." ah, important clarification. so the defense minister from germany had apparently told reporters that 8 to 12,000 troops was how many troops america was going to keep in afghanistan. everybody thought that was very big news since that's not what we heard hear at home at all. maybe that is how the german guy understood it, but it is apparently not the way that leon panetta meant it. that was the headline out of brussels today. those troops, that's nato combined, that's not just us. that was the headline. the other news of course was that representing the united states and apparently confusing the germans in brussels today was leon panetta, the guy who with great fanfare supposedly just stopped being our secretary of defense. here was leon panetta at his farewell ceremony, his big ornate
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2013 9:00pm PST
union address january 24th of last year, just weeks after the last u.s. troops had left iraq for the last time. in the run-up to this year's state of the union address, just this weekend, the weekend before the first state of the union of president obama's second term, this is what happened in afghanistan. this is the change of command ceremony in afghanistan. general john allen handing over command of u.s. and international troops in afghanistan to a new commander, to general joseph dunford. this is the 14th time that command has transferred in the afghanistan war, because that war has been going on for that long. general john allen is out as commander. he is handing over the leadership. if all goes as planned, general dunford is going to be the last person to have this job. he will be the 15th of 15 u.s. commanding generals for this war in afghanistan. as such, a substantial portion of what he'll be responsible for as commander will be leaving, the huge logistical feat of getting us after fighting there for 12 years. is that going to be a focal point of tomorrow's state of the unio
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2013 7:00am PST
basically says that the u.s. can go after people it believes are senior leaders of al qaeda, engaged in operations aimed at killing americans even if there is no imminent threat. here is what house intelligence committee chairman told andrea mitchell about that. >> you don't just kill the enemy when they're at the gate. you try to make sure that you get them before they even get close to having an operation that could kill americans. that's the whole safety net that we try to produce anywhere in the world. and so there isn't some long list of americans. i can candidly tell you that. >> but, carrie, the other argument is this is execution without trial and aren't we supposed to be better than that. >> that's at the root of the concern you're hearing from a growing number of democrats, certainly from ron wyden. this is based on the idea, a lot of the criticism is two part. one, there's concern about the legal basis for this and just the act, but at the same time just concern that the president, who's made a big part of his brand and a big part of his campaign promising on being transparen
MSNBC
Feb 5, 2013 9:00pm PST
of congressman paul broun today is that paul broun is running to be the next u.s. senator from the great state of georgia. paul broun's wife is already reported to have started telling people that back in georgia. paul broun himself is reported to be telling donors already. and at a press conference tomorrow afternoon in georgia paul broun is expected to officially get into the u.s. senate race. unless of course all this reporting is lies straight from the pit of hell. >> all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. >> if it's not lies straight from the pit of hell, then paul broun is in the running to be the republican party's standard bearer when they try to hold on to georgia's soon to be open senate seat once saxby chambliss retires. what could possibly go wrong with paul broun as their candidate? >>> and further news how paul broun is adjusting to a second term of barack obama, senators decided in virginia that voting should be made much harder in that state. in the state of arkansas, republicans voted their state should ban abortion at 20 weeks. this comes just days after
MSNBC
Feb 5, 2013 3:00am PST
, that's great news. man. >> what a story. >> the front page of the "new york times," the u.s. is going to sue s&p for the ratings on these loans. what's going on there? can americans get money from that? >> it's unclear. it sounds as if the u.s. does win, is successful, there would likely be some compensation or some monetary award. >> explain this quickly. they're suing s&p for giving high ratings, high marks to these companies that were on shaky ground, to say the least. >> they're suing -- they're likely going to sue, according to the story of s&p, because s&p rated certain securities and certain packages of things that these financial firms had, gave them high ratings. >> gave the federal's actual instrume instruments the high ratings. >> didn't deserve those ratings. as a result, companies either kept them on their books and they went out and tried to sell them. >> so the justice department is going to sue s&p, going to get all this money, this pot of money -- >> you're jumping two or three sets ahead. that's their hope. >> who will get the money at the end? >> from the stor
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2013 2:30am PST
defending the administration's response to the deadly raid on the u.s. consulate. >> for you to testify that our posture would not allow a rapid response, our posture was not there because we didn't take into account the threats to that consulate. and that's why four americans died. >> we never received a request for support from the state department. which would have allowed us to put forces -- >> so it's the state department's fault? >> i'm not blaming the state department, i'm sure they had their own -- >> who would you blame? >> i stand by the report of the accountability review board. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary panetta, and say, how's it going? >> you know, normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me finish the answer. we were deploying the forces, he knew we were deploying the forces, he was being kept -- >> i hate to interrupt you but i got limited time. we didn't deploy any forces. >> no, but the -- >> wait a minute. >> it was over. the event was over before we could move any
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2013 2:00am PST
been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected as working against terrorists. tracie potts is live in washington with the details. >> reporter: good morning. brennan defended and strongly defended the use of drones but he distanced himself from how the bush administration questioned terror suspects. it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers after defending u.s. drone attacks on terror suspects, even americans. at least three have been killed so far. >> i think any american who did that should know well that they, in fact, are part of an enemy against us and that united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's legal and ask, what if the cia takes out the wrong person? >> we've got to see all, any and all, of those legal opinions, ones that the bipartisan group of senators asked for, before the vote. >> if you would remove that individual, please. >> reporter: protests just as brennan was getting
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2013 11:00am PST
you, michael. thank you, keith. >>> the u.s. supreme court has decided to delve into the controversial issue of campaign finance learning how much they can give to individual or candidates. joining me, pete williams. pete, at the heart of this, an alabama man, we know the tremors from the decision could be felt throughout? >> there could be. depending on what the court says. there are two kinds of limits. there are the limits how much money you can give to an individual candidate. now, that's not being challenged but what this alabama businessman backed by the republican national committee says, he's following the other limits, two-year limits on how much total money a person can give to all candidates put together andal the political parties and pacs put together. it works out to $115,000. they say it's unconstitutional for a couple of reasons. they say the number is too low given modern politics. but the reason, they say the reason it limits how much a person can give to a candidate it to avoid corruption. quid pro quo corruption. so he's not challenging the quick limit
MSNBC
Feb 5, 2013 4:00pm PST
. u.s. congressman paul broun is expected to run for the georgia senate seat held by retiring -- i used to think this guy was right wing -- saxby chambliss. broun said this, i think the only constitution that barack obama upholds is the soviet constitution, not this one. he has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer. steve king who suggested president obama's parents may have announced his birth by telegram from africa. he's the leading pick for an iowa senate seat. can your party stop its candidates being taken up by nuts? >> i think for washington people to say to grassroots activists we have to tell you how you're going to make your pick is a big mistake. >> how do you stop these groups from winning? >> you know what you need to do? you need to educate the voter and get back to the -- >> get them with the right majors. >> hit them with the right -- >> and marco rubio is a great example of somebody who was an alternative candidate. you throw the baby out with the bath water. i don't think you can mandate for that from the top down whether it's the demo
MSNBC
Feb 5, 2013 12:00pm PST
, step one, informed high level u.s. official has determined the target poses a, quote, iminnocent threat of violent attack and clear evidence of an attack is not required. step two, capture must be, quote, infeasible. and step three, the strike must be conducted according to, quote, laws of war principles. but this isn't a just in case guideline. the targeted killings of u.s. citizens have already happened. september 2011, two were killed in yemen. both were u.s. citizens. yes, it's believed al allaki wa connected to the christmas day bomber but he was never charged with a crime. here's how the doj and the white house defend the kill list. >> our concern is to keep the american people safe but in a way that's consistent with our laws and consistent with our values. >> we conduct those strikes because they're necessary to mitigate ongoing actual threats, to stop plots, prevent future attacks and save american lives. the strikes are legal, they're ethical and wise. >> critics say this administration is putting the constitutional rights of american citizens in jeopardy and disregardi
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2013 10:00pm PST
barry gold water. you may have heard from his other uncle jim buckley, a former u.s. senator or brent's mother, patricia buckley bozell of the both important writers in our conservative movement. let it start here. the president of rove's new super pac told "the new york times" this week that they are particularly concerned about the senate race in iowa because this guy might get the republican nomination. >> if there is a sexual predator out there who has impregnated a young girl, that sexual predator could pick that girl up off the playground at the middle school and haul her across the state line and force her to get an abortion to eradicate evidence of the crime and drop her off at the swing set and that's not again the law in the united states of america. >> that's the dangerously, of course, iowa conservative steve king. according to a new poll, steve king has a big lead for the republican nomination among republican primary voters who obviously have no problem with crazy but as -- and this is exactly what karl rove fears. that same steve king in that same poll is running 11 point
MSNBC
Feb 22, 2013 10:00am PST
cycling star lance armstrong. now the u.s. government is on his case. and one week left medical the budget ax falls. today it is transportation secretary ray la hood's turn to warn about the sec kwster's deep impact. >> this is going to happen sfwloosh clarify why -- it's the matter of mileage between -- >> because we're going to reduce the number of controllers which will reduce their ability to guide planes in and out of airports. >> republicans say that's just scare tactics. >> the president is making stuff up. he puts law enforcement -- he puts firemen and policemen who 98% of them are being paid for with your local taxes and says you're going to lose your local policeman because of this. it's not true. >> and countdown to the oscars. we'll talk to the man behind the mom natured documentary five broken cameras about the conflict in the west bank. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington where we have breaking news from the justice department now, which is joining a lawsuit by a former teammate against lance armstrong. nbc justice correspondent pete williams jones me n
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2013 7:00am PST
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MSNBC
Feb 26, 2013 1:00am PST
get into publicly. >> a u.s. drone strike killed eight germans in pakistan today. do you have any information about that? >> i don't. and if i did, if i did, i wouldn't get into it. no. no. >> and other u.s. officials have confirmed these predator drone air strikes in pakistan. what is it about not confirming whether the president was consulted -- >> i'm not going to get into these matters. >> compromise organizational -- >> i'm not going to get into these matters. >> don't you think there is justifiable curiosity -- >> i think there are many things you should be justifiably curious about, but i'm not going to get into talking about it. >> if other members of the government are confirming this, why are you not -- >> i'm not going to get into these matters. >> keep asking. there will be no answers. it was not just robert gibbs' problem. it turns out it is a problem of that job, no matter who has the job. >> reported a drone strike today along the border region. as you know, afghan and pakistani officials have been vocal about their concerns about them possibly killing civilians as
MSNBC
Feb 5, 2013 8:00am PST
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Feb 21, 2013 1:00am PST
joke. we're now a week away from the filing deadline in the first u.s. senate race that will take place after the presidential election, the race to fill john kerry's open seat in massachusetts. we are a week out from the filing deadline, and it is not at all clear if any republican vying for that seat will even collect enough signatures in massachusetts to qualify to be on the ballot. in the first governor's race to take place after the presidential election, which is in virginia, the democratic candidate and the republican candidate are locked in a dead heat thanks to a second dissident republican candidate who is splitting the center right vote with the other republican candidate. elsewhere in republican politics, the first ever filibuster to stop a cabinet nominee in u.s. history turns out to be based in part on republican senators believing a satirical joke about something called friends of hamas. they thought it was a real thing when somebody joked about it, and that contributed to their history-making filibuster of a cab nominee for the first time in our nation's history. friends
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2013 8:00am PST
the withdrawal of 34,000 u.s. troops from afghanistan by this time next year. half the troops currently in that country. adding to the intensity is a bold act by north korea, its third successful nuclear test, conducted underground in the northern part of that country. now, the first such test to be done under north korea's young new leader, kim jong-un. >> it was a highly provocative act, it violates nurpsresolutio. >> we have a lot to talk about this morning, and joining me is south carolina democratic congressman, james clyburn. sir, great to have you here. let's talk about what we do expect to hear from the president tonight. we do have the information, he will be talking about the drawdown of troops in afghanistan, going down to 34,000. that's half of u.s. troops currently in afghanistan. but adding a wrinkle to the state of the union tonight is north korea and what we know happened there with their third nuclear test. the statement from the white house, i want to read it for everybody. "the united states remains vigilant in the face of north korean provocations and stead
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2013 7:00am PST
protecting the u.s., is president obama closer to george w. bush -- >> i don't think so. what you see is safeguards. former secretary robert gates saying we should have a core court going forward to make sure that we're -- that we're following procedure. you have brennan say in his hearing if we miss a target we should disclose it. that all represents a very different tone from what you saw under the bush administration, one of trying to have a procedure and openness and transparency and bringing everybody together to try to agree on how we balance security and privacy. >> the chairman of the intelligent committee says there's no need. let me play that. >> there is plenty of oversight here. there's not an american list somewhere overseas for targeting. that does not exist. i think there's sensationalism. this is a serious matter, but i think the rules have been consistent. >> chip, as you know, the act established 'federal court that oversees suspected foreign spies working in the u.s., so the question that's being debated is should there be a fisa-like legal check on drone use. >> i
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2013 9:00am PST
? >> reporter: nbc news has confirmed dykes served in the u.s. navy in the 60s. he served various awards, a good conduct med methal and vietnam service medal. but on tuesday those honors seem very far away. police say dykes boarded a stopped school bus and demanded two random young children. when the bus drive refused, plea say dykes shot and killed him and made off with 5-year-old ethan. kelly miller says her kids got off that bus right before the shooting. >> i cannot believe if he got on that bus with the intentions of grabbing a 6 to 8-year-old, all he had to do was reach out and grab him. he let him clear the bus and get home before all this happened. >> reporter: meanwhile the visitation for the bus driver charles pollen junior is scheduled for today. his family says he loved his job and died a hero. >> every time a child got on my dad's bus they were though longer their parents they were his. he considered them his children. i know that's the reason why my dad took those shots for his children just like he would do for me and my sister. >> reporter: that pain is being felt throughout
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2013 5:00am PST
the u.s. the four democratic and four republican senators wish to get momentum from the call for immigration reform. they're similar to the principles laid out by the president in the campaign last year. but it highlights deep conflicts between the parties as the specifics of the policy are hashed out. to his part, the president sounded amenable to compromise. >> we've been debating this for a very long time. it's not as if we don't know technically what needs to get done. there will be rigorous debate about many of the details, and every stakeholder should engage in real give and take in the process. but it's important for us to recognize that the foundation for bipartisan action is already in place. >> the operative word there was details because, despite all the headlines of a bipartisan group of senators ripe for comprehensive impression reform, it will come down to the details of the proposal, details that matter a tremendous amount to many people, and it's the details that could prove the legislation's undoing. i want to talk about the details because the broad talk is abou
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2013 1:00am PST
the u.s. forces, it was the essentially hiring or bribing, if you will, of young sunnis that helped stabilize that. so there's a legitimate conversation that could be had. and john mccain didn't want a conversation. he wanted to enforce an orthodoxy about his role and that war and that surge because that's the dividing line for him about who's a real patriot and who's not. and that fundamentally was what much of the hearing was about today. are you genuinely a patriot and see the world like we in the kind of national security hawk wing of the gop do, or do -- but i think hagel, you know, while he's not going to be given credits for the most eloquent glad-handing senator or defense secretary, he seemed like a thought. sergeant who had been on the front line, who gave i think a very compelling set of reasons why this surge didn't deserve a binary yes-no response. >> steve, big picture, you're talking about how john mccain made his role in the politics of this very central to today's hearing, and i hear that's absolutely what happened. and that's absolutely one of the things that's so
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2013 11:00am PST
if not the most powerful. her career has been extraordinary. not only first lady, but a u.s. senator and secretary of state and somebody who could be again a candidate for the presidency in 2016. >> she came under fire for the attack on the consulate in ben gazay that left four americans dead and a suicide in turkey friday has been called an act of terror by the obama administration. how much will trouble in the mideast at a point her legacy? >> i don't think it will. i think her legacy is pretty clear. is there anybody who looks at her on that tape or any other tape who doesn't see someone they think can perform beautifully as president of the united states? that's a tough bar to clear, but you look at her and think about everybody feels that sense whether they agree politically or not, she is there. i think her legacy will be empowering women and girls around the globe. the 112 countries she visited, not a woman or girl who doesn't think they have rights and abilities they didn't have without hillary plugging for them. the fact that she harnessed high technology. her view is that t
MSNBC
Feb 21, 2013 2:00am PST
u.s. on wednesday from arizona to colorado it's now moving east and forecasters in some states are predicting as much as a foot of snow. jay gray is in kansas city. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, mara. schools and some businesses are closing for the day. no flakes yet. we expect that in the next few hours. at the height of this storm, we could see an inch of snow falling. this morning, they're waking up to a blast of winter weather. the snow has already started to fall across the region including parts of okaying, arkansas, ko and kansas. shovels are out. then plows are already working. but if the forecast holds they may not be able to keep up the pace. some areas expect blizzard conditions and a cccumulations 2 feet or more. they're stocking up on supplies to ride out the storm. >> it's not convenient and we have enough roads in the country that do get rather snow bound. >> reporter: patrol officers warn it's going to get worse. >> if you don't need to go out, we're asking people to stay off the roadways just because of the conditions that are deteriorating.
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2013 12:00pm PST
u.s. special forces troops out of the key afghan province and only giving them two weeks to leave. more on that after the break. after as john kerry starts his first overseas trip today president obama's former envoy george mitchell is here. i will ask him about reports that kerry is determined to get israelis and palestinians to reach a peace agreement. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> we are following developing news in afghanistan right now. a spokesman for president hamid karzai said the u.s. special forces have two weeks to leave the wardak province. karzai says he is ordering the u.s. troops out because of allegations of quote, harassing, annoying, torturing and murdering innocent people there. the force that kwoerdinates in afghanistan says this is an important issue. they intend to fully discuss with the afghan counter parts. th
MSNBC
Feb 6, 2013 2:00pm PST
talking about a u.s. citizen, i think it's not unreasonable to say and it would be my opinion that there ought to be another set of eyes on it. and of course it's at the white house. you can convince yourself of a lot of things. >> i understand this. look. here's the question. it seems we have a limited arsenal of what to do. we find out somewhere in yemen or saudi or somewhere in the world, pakistan for example, we understand there's an activity that's basically a group of people putting together a plan to attack us. we have three means of stopping that. we can use the drones which are amazing. we can use a s.e.a.l. team attack. men go in and attack and kill people then leave by helicopter i guess. or invade the country and go to war. or you do nothing. i don't know anybody in either political party of any persuasion that down the road will be able to stand up and say i knew the enemy was planning stuff, i knew who they were, i refused to ask because i was squeamish. in the end you have to choose. you have to choose something to do. >> this week particularly we're rolling a couple of di
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Feb 19, 2013 6:00am PST
rubio's proposal support, an expedited pathway for students brought to the u.s. illegally as children, and both say undocumented immigrants should submit to backseat taxes and learn english. rubio's strategy has been to play up his differences with the white house as much as possible, and it's not hard to guess why. >> he's been on the cover of time magazine, anointed the savior of the republican party. that's a lot of pressure. and i'm sure he has heard from memberships of the republican party, some of whom do not want to be saved with the kind of immigration reform he has in find. >> an obama plan led and driven by obama in this atmosphere with the level of hostility with the president and the way he goads the hostilely, i think it's going to be very hard to pass. >> if the president proposes legislation, do you think it will fail? >> of course. of course it will. >> so you see where this is going. if you're a republican supporting immigration reform you eagerly want to highlight any differences with the white house. on the other hand if you're an opponent of immigration reform, your goa
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Feb 2, 2013 12:00am PST
firm grip on who i would like to see take it. u.s. congressman edward markey is the most principled person i know in american politics. he's what spent his career standing up to the special interests, the polluters, the people who take advantage, the greedy. he has sat on legislative committees and seen the power of the special interests. and he, again and again as taken them on. markey is a committed believer in avoiding the dangers even of nuclear war, a believer of a safer, healthier environment. back in the '70s refused to buckle to the forces of selfishness and power. he is running for the seat once held by edward m. kennedy. what the kennedys have stood for in massachusetts. he supports women's rights to a t, and will make a great colleague to the courageous senator elizabeth warren. i'm tremendously proud to call him a free, i am thrilled that he now leads the democratic race for the senate nomination. i'm glad for the country that we have such fine americans ready to take up the task of leadership. markey's clean, he is strong, and he has the vision to make a powerful differ
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Feb 6, 2013 4:00pm PST
. >> well, when we're talking about a u.s. citizen, i think it's not unreasonable to say, and it would be my opinion that there aulgt to be another set of eyes on it. >> we find out that somewhere in yemen or somewhere in saudi, somewhere in pakistan, we understand that there's an activity that's basically a group of people putting together a plan to attack us. we have three ways to stop that. we can use the drones, we can use the seal attack. or we can invade the country and go to war. it seems to me you've got to make a judgment. i don't know anybody of any persuasion that down the road will be able to stand up and say i knew we had the enemy attacking us. i knew they were planning stuff. i knew who they were. so in the end, you have to choose. you have to choose something to do. >> this week, particularly, we're rolling a couple of issues together. there's an issue of whether you can use the drone to attack an american civilian. that's what the memo was all about yesterday. i thought the memo did not make a strong enough case. as long as there's one informed high level officia
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Feb 28, 2013 10:00am PST
with syrian rebel leaders to announce a major shift in u.s. policy, but is it enough? for the first time the u.s. will send nonlethal aid to op sfwligs fighters. >> the united states' decision to take further steps now is the result of the continued brutality of a superior armed force. propped up by foreign fighters from iran and hezbollah. >> going nowhere. less than 24 hours to go and the senate stages two votes, but with no chance of either succeeding. $85 billion in across the board cuts, the so-called sequester, are going to kick in. >> we're going to go through a charade here in a little while. we're going to have a vote on the democrat proposal, and it will not get sufficient votes, and the same thing here on this sighted, and the clock will tick, and tomorrow on the last day the president is going to call people over to the white house to see if we can address it. where was he in the last year? >> and bromance? a few days into dennis rodman's historic trip into north korea. the former nba bad boy has reportedly told supreme leader kim jong un he has a friend for life. >>> go
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Feb 10, 2013 11:00pm PST
virginia home to the pentagon, the world's largest u.s. navy base, but a hub for major defense contractors such as aircraft builders. so the impact over 200,000 jobs, second only to california. you can't want this automatic spending cut to go forward. >> you know, clearly this is not, david, the best way to go about trying to chroontrol spending. and we have demonstrated in the house two separate occasions -- one of the bills we put across the floor and passed i was the sponsor of for that reason. these are indiscriminate cuts. we can do a lot better. what i hope to be able to hear from the president in the state of the union is he wants to join us in trying to effect much smarter cuts in spending. >> but that's what he's saying. >> we don't have to have the impact that you just described. >> why not work with him on short-term measure which he is talking about to delay this, find a different way to go about some of the cuts? >> the problem is, david, every time you turn around the answer is to raise taxes. and, you know, he just got his tax hike on the wealthy. and you can't i
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Feb 3, 2013 5:00am PST
. spends like cash. feels like membership. >>> good morning, erch. i'm chris hayes. here in the u.s., it is super bowl sunday. last night aid yee wran peterson, back from an acl injury, beat out peyton manning for the nfl's most valuable player award. right now, my story of the week. war and that other thing. thursday's senate confirmation hearing for chuck hagel was an omni directional embarrassing debacle for everyone involved. first there was the senate republican republicans. republican senator after republican senator threw questions at hagel that even by the debate standards of a nominating hearing were the cheapest kind of demagoguery and bullying. >> why do you think that the iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to be the secretary of defense? >> to go on al jazeera, a foreign network broadcasting propaganda to nations that are hostile to us and to explicitly agree with the characterization of the united states as the world's bully, i would suggest is not the conduct one would expect of a secretary of defense. >> you continue to fold, i believe, extreme v
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Feb 28, 2013 7:00am PST
to sort itself out. >> thanks to both of you. >>> for the first time the u.s. plans to provide battlefield aid to the syrian rebels in their fight to oust president assad. after meeting with opposition leaders, secretary of state john kerry also announced the u.s. will more than double financial aid providing an additional $60 million for basic services things like education and sanitation in areas that the rebels now control. >> in a united voice today, we express our commitment to helping the syrian people in order to achieve their goal to live in a free, safe and a justice society. their goal is our goal. >> the administration is still weighing whether to provide battlefield equipment, including armored vehicles and body armor. . [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. go talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore. has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! ♪ wow. [ buzz ] delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the
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Feb 26, 2013 6:00am PST
. we need more than the sequester, but don't put 50% of the cuts on the u.s. military. we still have kids in afghanistan and this is not the right way to do it. it's a haphazard policy. they need to cut spending, but don't put it on the back for our kids in uniform. >> not a single meaning plan. it goes into effect friday. you know, there's, republicans saying president won't lead, president saying congressional republicans won't -- what is your assessment here? >> my sense is that washington is dysfunctional. not the way we do in most state capitals around the country. president should meet with canter and boehner and mcconnell and others and see if something can be worked out. everybody understood, this was going to be a cut. >> do you think that canter and boehner and all that that they need a compromise on this, as well? >> they need to agree with what the cuts are. that was the understanding, chuck. that these would be real cuts that would be put in place. that was the deal to avert the debt limit, debt limit 18 years ago. >> to force a larger compromise on taxes and on the unde
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Feb 18, 2013 10:00am PST
hagel said that the u.s. state department was an adjunct of the israeli foreign ministers office, which i think would be breathtaking if he said that to have such a view. i got a letter back from senator hagel in response to my question, did you say that and do you believe that, and the letter said he did not recall saying that, he disavows that statement. >> it's not enough for you? >> well, if, in fact, that's true, that would end that matter because he has previously inside a book that the jewish lobby influences the u.s. senate and makes us -- pushes us to make very bad decision. if the second statement were true, he said that the secretary of state's office is under the control of the israeli foreign ministers. those two together would show an edge and a view of the israeli u.s. relationship way out of the mainstream, so i'll just take him at his word medicals something new comes along. >> kristen welker, what does the white house have to say about this? they seem to be confident that he is going to get through next week. >> they continue to be confident, andrea. i can tell
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Feb 11, 2013 4:00pm PST
head on the scandals that have besieged and enraged the catholic church in the u.s. and in ireland and other countries? tonight i will tell you what i think. i know who the front runner is right now and what we can expect of him. and let's face it, the election of a pope is a political as well as a spiritual undertaking. ambition and humility both play their roles. the stakes, who will lead the church for the years ahead, probably for our lifetimes. it's going to matter and not just to catholics. i'm joined by melinda henneberger and e.j. dionne. here is my pick, cardinal angelo scola, just barely young enough to make it. the biggest thing he has going in his favor, the pope wants him, and there are a lot of voting cardinals who owe the pope. a majority were picked by the fellow right there, his holiness. about 56%, close to the two-thirds needing to win. he's italian, that always helps. he's european. 62, a majority are from europe. you know how political i'm getting here? i'm just starting here, melinda. this is a political enterprise. it's a secular event, and it's an election,
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Feb 14, 2013 9:00pm PST
he was a senator. senator walter mondale, democrat of minnesota. mr. mondale entered the u.s. senate at the beginning of our national war on poverty under lbj. senator mondale outlasted president johnson in office, but he kept working on that basic idea, of using public policy to help out the least well off among us. by 1971 he succeeded in getting passed with big bipartisan support a bill that would have created a daycare system essentially in this country. universal preschool for american kids. the tuition was on a sliding scale so everybody could afford it. senator mondale got his bill passed and it went to the guy who was president by then. it went to richard nixon. and richard nixon vetoed it even though it passed with lots of republican votes. president nixon said the idea of preschool for everyone had quote, family-weakening implications. he said quote, the child development envisioned in this legislation would be truly a long leap into the dark for the united states government and the american people. a long leap into the dark. 40 years after president nixon said no to presch
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Feb 14, 2013 10:00am PST
said, which is that quite to the contrary, the safe evacuation of all u.s. government personnel from benghazi 12 hours after the initial attack and squintly to ramstein air force base in germany was the result of exceptional u.s. government coordination and military response and helped save the lives of two severely wounded americans. here is the president. >> it is great to be in georgia. great to be in decatur. you know, i can't imagine a more romantic way to spend valentine's day than with all of you, with all the press here, and actually michelle says hello. she made me promise to get back in time for our date tonight. that's important. that's important. i have already got a gift. i got the flowers. i was telling folks the flowers are a little easier, though, because i got this rose garden. a lot of people keeping flowers around. i want to -- i want to acknowledge a few people that are here. first of all, congressman hank johnson is here. your mayor logic baskette is here. another mayor you may know, kasim reid, snuck in here. i want to acknowledge the decatur school board, and,
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Feb 18, 2013 7:00am PST
bring in bill richardson that just returned from a trip to north korea and u.s. ambassador to the u.n. and former energy secretary. good to see you, governor. good morning >> thank you, chris. nice to be with you. >> i am wondering if you got any indication when you were there they were thinking about doing this. >> well, we d we tried to persuade them against further launches and nuclear tests, but they basically said that in response to the security council restrictions and sanctions that were imposed before, that they were going to proceed with this test, and we tried to say to them you're going to be isolated. you're not going to get the advantages of the internet and google and eric schmidt, the ceo of google was with me who was treated like a rock star there. so what's happening is what the north koreans did was basically send a signal that they're going to continue to be isolated and they're picking weapons of development over economic development and that's unfortunate. >> the white house issued a statement exactly to your point saying we have warned north korea about the dama
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Feb 8, 2013 3:00am PST
stewart is not surprised, take a look. >> the u.s. postal service says delivering the mail on saturdays must stop if they are to survive. >> the postal service hopes the cuts will help it save some $2 billion annually after losing nearly $16 billion last year. >> wow. i can't believe the business model of transporting letters with vehicles across the country for 40 cents a pop is failing. so where do you want me to take that, hawaii? no, no trouble, i'll put out a plane and get it there in two days. you got a quarter? yeah i'll do it for a quarter. yeah, [ bleep ] it, i'll just do it. >>> everybody's excited for the snow. poor bill has to work all day tomorrow. his son william's birthday. >> maybe you can replace me, go to his birthday party for me. >> i'll be happy to do that. how many inches in new york? >> i'm going for 6 to 8, weather service is going for 12. >> bundle up. still ahead, texts and e-mails are next. "morning joe" is now just moments away. officemax is celebrating our new collaboration with go daddy! with an online package including: domain name, website build
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Feb 9, 2013 9:00am PST
boxes. i wear a lot of hats. well, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. this reduced sodium soup says it may help lower cholesterol, how does it work? you just have to eat it as part of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may help lower your cholesterol and -- well that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. all your important legal matters in just minutes. protect your family... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side. >>> this breaking news just past the half hour in the blizzard of 2013, the worst of it may not be over as concerns shiftd from falling snow to flooding and the snow-covered roadways where treacherous conditions have left three people dead. pedestrians in prospect, poughkeepsie and germantown, new york, a snowplower died when he drove over an embankment while clearing his own driveway. conditions out on the road have been so brutal the post office is cancelling services and closing branches in six states today. here's a look fro
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Feb 23, 2013 7:00am PST
nation's fifth largest city, once a symbol of u.s. innovation, industry and success, is in such dire straits that the city is in need of an intervention. on tuesday afternoon, a panel of state-appointed experts released their findings that the city of detroit faces quote, a financial emergency, one which they say the city is not equipped to address. as a result, detroit may soon become the largest american municipality in history to file for bankruptcy. the decision may be left to just one person. if michigan governor rick snider decides to act on the panel's report and appoint an emergency financial manager, a decision expected to be made in the coming week. key findings of the six-person panel include that the detroit police department has more than 2,000 employees but no accurate information on how they are deployed. that the city's long-term liabilities in 2012 grew beyond $14 billion and that the city officials violated accounting and budgeting rules. detroit is on the verge of collapse but if you're thinking wait a minute, didn't we already save detroit, the confusion is unders
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